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sarahnash news 4 - Bosley HLD weight loss and bloat

They suddenly get old don’t they. Bosley was ok when Charlie was there but now has hind leg drag, subsequent muscle loss and a soft squishing bloat.
He was more active in a way when he didn’t get on with Ruby and Emily and Jean - he would pursue them in a slow but determined way. it reminded me of the final scene of the terminator film when the broken, one eyed machine was dragging itself after its prey! But now everyone is living together he has no reason to chase and spends much of the time asleep/resting or eating. But he is most particular about his toilet. Despite his difficulty in moving he will go to the toilet in his corner pan. When he was alone I only changed fleece bedding for the look of the thing, it just didn’t smell!
But this allowed me to see that he is passing blood in his wee, so back to vet where he conveniently did a wee on the scales with blood in it. Just to show her!
So a course of AB and metacam followed and some improvement (not so much coloured wee).
But he has lost muscle and is squishy. I’m not a vet but I know some human anatomy and I think may be a kidney issue. I will take him back to vet but it would probably mean more drugs or nothing and he isn’t ‘unwell’ with it. He loves his food and water still and shuffles to us for loves when he is awake. I fear inevitable decline and must just support as best as possible. He is now over 2 years old so quite an old man.
Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.

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  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 1,053
    It's difficult to know what to do for the best with these internal issues but we all have to face more problems in old age, we usually cope quite well.
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 360
    Bosley is back on the metacam and I think that is helping his HLD, he is more interested and moves around more. I started him on liquid glucosamine and chondroitin today and also liquid vit b12.
    Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
    Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,333
    Sarah, this sadly happens with older rats. Hind leg paralysis especially. The blood in his wee could well be kidney related too. Also be aware of something called Urolithiasis (google it!) as this can block their penile area and is caused by crystals forming in the bladder. But this is a serious condition and usually required surgery to remove these small crystals/stones. My Jack had this and he wasn`t even old.  :( 

    Making sure he can`t climb too high and is able to move around easily without traffic problems is the main thing. x
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 360
    It’s quite hard building a cage exciting for the young and safe for the old. I do it and spend a lot of time making sure Bos can manoeuvre all levels. We have steps, ladders with fleece covers, some ladders without covers, special ladder covers from BettysBeds (not an advert but I do recommend, he is getting on with them), degu hessian bridges, hanging fleece shelves, you name it I’m trying it!
    Bos did have diarrhoea the other day so I have reduced the metacam (vet said I was to play with the dose), need the good effect without the side effect!
    Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
    Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,333
    I know Sarah, it`s tricky trying to juggle for both ages at the same time. I always used ramps (rather than actual ladders) in my caged and sometimes cable-tied those bendy logs to them to make them easier to climb/descend from. I still have a few of those wider, meshed metal ramps that were sold with meshed metal corner shelves. Can`t remember the brand name now as I bought these ages ago, but they were sold for small rabbits/guinea pig cages originally. They clip onto the cage corners and then the ladders clip onto the grids in the meshed shelves. They were also sold with just barred floors but I bought the meshed ones and covered them with lino! The mice loved them and they were easier to clean too without worrying about pee absorbing into cloth or straw based products that can be used to cover shelves.

    Boy, I miss those days! 
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